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Provisional ballots protect voting rights — when they are counted

Provisional ballots are a proven fail-safe for voters across the country, but their role in the political dramas playing out this week illustrates how the little-understood tool can fall prey to political manipulation. ... Read more»

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Key tribal victories punctuate gerrymandering fight in Utah

Two Navajo candidates won seats on the San Juan County Board of Supervisors after the tribe fought to overturn district lines that gave white voters a lock in the county that is mostly native American. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

On guard: Watch out for conspiracy theories morphing into voter suppression moves

Voters need to be on guard in 2019 for the Legislature confusing contentiousness in this election with fantasies of conspiracies, and enacting laws to artificially maintain their power through voter suppression. ... Read more»

Long-shot Senate bill could boost Native voting protections

U.S. Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week that could provide Native American communities a way to combat what they say are disenfranchising state voting laws and the recent gutting of Voting Rights Act protections.... Read more»

Guest opinion

1 million voters in primary a historic step forward

For the first time, more than 1 million Arizonans cast ballots in the primary election. That’s great news. But does the historic vote mean the so-called voter crisis is over?... Read more»1

Maricopa County voting issues continue to raise eyebrows of watchdogs

A civil rights watchdog group that tracks elections said it was greatly concerned that 62 Maricopa County polling stations failed to open on time Tuesday, and “very disappointed” that county officials refused to extend voting hours to let people cast a ballot.... Read more»

Reagan, Fontes settle suit over Az’s voter registration process

Arizona election officials agreed Monday to settle a lawsuit that claimed the state’s two-track voter registration process was unduly burdensome and “irrationally” disenfranchised thousands of voters.... Read more»

Maricopa Recorder says multistate database could ease, improve voting process

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Friday that a new “master database of voters” should help Arizona and other states improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration.... Read more»

The way we were

Pima County women voting long before national suffragists

Every American knows that the right of women to vote was recognized nationally with the 19th Amendment in 1920. Some folks will point out that in many western states this happened sooner. What is less known is that women in Pima County were exercising their right to the franchise as early as 1884. ... Read more»

Experts: Trump’s 'voter fraud' commission illegally using private emails

President Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so. Experts say the commission’s email practices do not appear to comport with federal law.... Read more»

Reagan vows to begin maintaining records of voter roll changes

Every day, the thousands of voting jurisdictions in the U.S. share information about current voter registrations to guard against people being registered in multiple places. Up until earlier this year, Arizona's Secretary of State was not keeping copies of those voter registration notifications.... Read more»1

Trump taunts states, like Arizona, that denied voter data to task force

Arizona election officials had sharp words for President Trump after he suggested that states that are withholding voter information from his commission have something to hide. “We could say the same thing about him,” shot back Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez. “What is he hiding in his taxes?”... Read more»

The flaws in Trump's commission on voter fraud

The commission said states’ voter rolls will be run against federal databases to find potential fraudulent registrations — a move experts say will result in thousands of errors and could distort fraud. ... Read more»

Arizona won't turn over voter rolls to Trump; Reagan invokes 'best interests of state'

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has shifted course, telling the Trump administration that she won't provide information on the state's voters. Friday, she'd indicated that she would provide the same set of data that would be released under a normal public records request.... Read more»1

A Wisconsin Republican looks back with regret at voter ID and redistricting fights

Republican efforts to impose voter ID laws and redraw election districts both wound up in federal court. Dale Schultz ended 30 years in state politics lamenting the recent displays of partisanship. ... Read more»

From the editor

Here's why it's vital to hand your voter info over to Trump

Here are a few facts, rather than fervent partisan spin, on the request for voter data by the Trump administration, as there's some stiff competition going for the most uninformed knee-jerk Democratic over-reaction. This information is a public record, and should be released to anyone who asks for it.... Read more»3

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